Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

MODERATE 127 reviews

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
974 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

old growth

rocky

no dogs

The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high.

11 days ago

Good hike with an 11 year old and 8 year old. Took around 2.5 hours in for hydration and picture breaks and 1 hour out. The water fall was nice. I think it was slightly challenging for me not being a novice and not physically fit. It only gets rough toward the middle and at the end near the waterfall. Very rocky and rooty. I recommend good boots and a couple bottles of water.

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17 days ago

Pretty steep trip in but a good hike trough the woods. Great waterfall. BCC #34 is just up the way and a great place to stay the night.

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26 days ago

Fairly easy hike to a beautiful waterfall.

1 month ago

great hike. weather was perfect. people ahead of us saw a bear but no issues. a must see and a great place to get away from the crazy busy tourist weekend in Gatlinburg.

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1 month ago

What a beautiful hike with a beautiful waterfall with lots of salamanders in it. We hiked this during a thunderstorm and had it to ourselves for the most part. It is a great workout and a nice trail.

1 month ago

nice hike. although it did rain on us. we've done this one before. not too hard. although our round trip mileage from the bathroom area is 5.15 miles total.

2 months ago

We have done this trail a couple times and find it to be a good hike. When the trail is less crowded (April instead of July), you might come across some deer that will trail along parallel to you for a bit. You also might see a snake or two near the trail.

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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trial from the beginning. The sound of the creek throughout is nice. Felt like we were on Tom Sawyer's Island in Disneyland because it was so clean and perfect. Nice footbridges crossing the water when needed. A butterfly landed on my shoulder and took a ride for about 15 minutes. The waterfall was very nice as well. Plenty of room to splash around and cool off. Had a picnic on the rocks at the bottom of the falls before heading back. Easy hike all the way. Didn't see any bears but we did spot a squirrel!

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3 months ago

Great hike! It was fun crossing the streams and the water fall was beautiful. The terrain was of moderate difficulty. The rhododendron blooms were stunning.

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4 months ago

Great day hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. A few creek crossings and flooded with rhodendrons. Hiked this trail from Cosby Campground where we stayed. Pretty demanding first half of hike that is consistently uphill. Easy trek back down. Saw a large black rat snake about a mile in from Campground trailhead. Saw two sets of hikers our entire trip and had the falls to ourselves.

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4 months ago

The hubs and I just hiked to the falls with our 3 year old and 10 year old girls. The way there is a pretty steady incline with neat log bridges to cross. We were hoping to see bears, but no luck this time. We passed a few friendly hikers and trail runners. While the path is not busy, it is well-marked. Very rocky and rooty, our preferred travel terrain. It took us about 3 hours in (with breaks for the kiddos) and 45 minutes out. I would recommend this trail to anyone interested in a challenging, yet very do-able hike.

4 months ago

Loved everything about this hike. Varied footing and winding trails, check. Varying grades, check. Beautiful foliage, check. Great tree cover, check. Sounds of the waterfall the entire hike and creeks along the way, check. The way up is obviously more of an ascent but the trail winds around the mountain making some lovely grade variations throughout the hike. The hike was very rocky and rooty, which I love but others in my group did not, so it may not be suitable for older people and small kids. The two 11 year olds in our group were fine and loved it. It was also a bit slippery (causing a few falls) but we went after a lot of rain so I don’t know what the norm is for this trail. I didn’t mind the mud, as I enjoy the challenge of calculating each step using roots, rocks, and tree branches to avoid it. And the best part, I only saw one other group in the trail. This trail is a best kept secret.

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6 months ago

Nice falls. Not a lot of room if you go when the tourists flock to it. Gradual climb along the trail. Hardest part is the walk up the spur trail from the fall BUT not overwhelming. When there is not a lot of leaves on the trees you get good views of English Mtn & Mt Cammerer.

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6 months ago

A great hike! Once the rhododendrons bloom it would be amazing to see. Waterfall at the end was perfect. Took us about an 70 minutes there and 50 minutes back, hiking with two tweens. Well marked with signs, except where there is a large tree bridge vs down a path toward the creek. You can go either way, it all meets back up on the path. Lots of parking just beyond the trail head.

7 months ago

Cool hike to an epic waterfall

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Steady incline up but great trail. Rained during the day, but the trail held up. The smell of the water hitting the rocks, wow.

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9 months ago

Very nice quiet, serene trail...we hiked on New Years Day and encountered 10 other couples... the ground was snow covered and the waterfall was mostly frozen, but very beautiful! Moderate in difficulty, in my opinion.

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9 months ago

our first winter hike! first people on the trail and it was beautiful in the snow

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9 months ago

Hiked it again yesterday, and it was the prettiest I have ever seen! #icywaterfall ❤️

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10 months ago

Hen Wallow Falls is one of my favorite "not so popular" trails.
It is nice when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and go disappear into tranquility!

10 months ago

Just completed this trail, it snowed on us the entire time. its still a pretty trail, good views, and zero traffic. i would recommend this trail for all skill levels.

10 months ago

did this starting at Cosby campground up passed hens wallow falls. 13.2 round trip it was good nice and quite!!!

11 months ago

Nice gradual climb on a clearly defined trail. Enough it was wet, the kept the mud in check.

11 months ago

Not too strenuous and beautiful today with the fall color and nice temps. Hen Wallow falls was worth the hike. So pretty!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

I would say this is a strong moderate as you climb non stop for the first half. Rocky surface. Not busy on a week day

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

It was steaming hot day but a great hike.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We had a great time on this trail. Saw a few other hikers enjoying the day, we even heard one lady singing as she hiked along. It was hot so the girls told us to go ahead and finish and they started working back. We got close to the falls but turned back after the black bear popped out. Looks like we missed out on a good fishing hole too. We'll try again on another trip.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beautiful hike! Saw deer and only few other people. Rained heavily the day prior but trails dry. Trail wide enough in most spots so I could walk beside husband which was nice :). Several stream crossings and diversity of landscape so it was always something new and beautiful around the corner! Definitely bring bug spray though!

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

This was a last-last minute decision hike since we traveled 3 hrs and Max Patch road was inaccessible due to many downed trees. We pulled over and saw this on AllTrails, and we love the Cosby area, so it was perfect! For about 95% of the 2.2 miles the falls, there is all uphill, mostly a steady incline but enough to get your heart pumping! The forest is gorgeous as are the wildflowers in spring, the footbridges, and at last- Hen Wallow Falls at the end!! Go after lots of rain! This is a great place to picnic and relax. There are a few partial views of the surrounding mountains, too. Most of the way back is downhill and much faster descent. We termed this trail "Mount Cammerer's Little Sister" because of the 900 foot elevation gain on this trail. :)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Absolutely loved this trail. Beautiful views and waterfall is wonderful. We will return for sure.

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